Startup Directory Option Ignored in MS-DOS Shell (78670)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0a
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 6.0
This article was previously published under Q78670
In MS-DOS 5.0 and Shell, it is possible for the startup directory option to
be ignored when a program item is started from the Active Task List.
The startup directory option will be ignored in the following two
• The program item being started from the Active Task List was
originally placed there as a result of a LOAD=ENABLED entry in
the DOSSHELL.INI file.
• The program item being started from the Active Task List was added
to the Active Task List by holding down the SHIFT key, and
double-clicking on the program item (or pressing SHIFT+ENTER).
In the above cases, the effective startup directory will be the active
directory at the time Shell was started.
To work around this limitation, write a batch file for the application
that first changes to the desired startup directory before starting.
Then create a program item for the batch file, not the executable.
(Note: In this case, the startup directory option is now unnecessary.)
To make a batch file to run Microsoft Word for MS-DOS, do the
• Include the following lines in a batch file called WORD5.BAT:
• Make a program item for WORD5.BAT using the procedure described on
pages 186-188 of the version 5.0 "Microsoft MS-DOS User's Guide and
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